The Persuasions – 1971 – We Came To Play
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This is one of your reviewers favorite albums, ever. Pretty strong opinion, but when this was released it was effectively the only a cappella music available with the exception of local East Coast groups. Their first album was actually produced by Frank Zappa, but this second one is one of the three on Capitol Records that established The Persuasions as the premiere a cappella group in the world. The voices are rich and vibrant. The music chosen established their repertoire of rhythm and blues, soul and gospel. They became adept at creating such spirited covers of Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke and The Temptations that it is almost impossible for anyone to sing ‘Persuasion’s’ songs and not sound wrong somehow. (Singers.Com).
This is a @320 vinyl rip (supplied by Mr.Moo) including original vinyl covers
A1 Chain Gang 1:55
A2 Man, Oh Man 2:15
A3 It’s You That I Need 2:25
A4 The Sun 2:42
A5 Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home 2:30
B1 Walk On The Wild Side 2:18
B2 Another Night With The Boys 2:50
B3 Gypsy Woman 3:45
B4 Don’t Know Why I Love You 2:42
B5 Let It Be 2:20
If you had to pick one “desert island” Persuasions album, this would be the one. They were never in finer form, and never chose a collection of tunes better suited for their strengths. These were the songs that they sang on the road for many years, and this was their debut album for Capitol. From Sam Cooke‘s “Chain Gang” to Curtis Mayfield‘s “Man Oh Man,” this is classic Persuasions material. Bass Jimmy Hayes’ turn on “The Sun” still makes my speakers rattle. It’s almost below the range of normal human hearing! The vitality, the joyousness, the virutosic singing, and yes, Jerry Lawson’s tremendous phrasing-certainly one of the signature voices of the last fifty years- make this album nothing short of sensational.
A cappella singing has been part of the African-American musical tradition since the days of slavery. Despite the recent success of the hi-tech a cappella group Take 6, the tradition has suffered a steady decline to the point where it is rare even in gospel circles. The Persuasions, though, are resolutely a cappella. Their chart successes have been minimal (two fleeting R&B entries in 1974-1975), but they carry forward the tradition without appearing ossified. Airplay will probably always elude them – and with it the really big breakthrough – but their music has been a consistently enjoyable sidebar, and never one that has simply reeked of revivalism, remaining fresh through releases like 1993’s Toubo’s Song, 1994’s Right Around the Corner, and 1996’s Sincerely. 1999’s On the Good Ship Lollipop was a foray into children’s music, while a year later the group issued Frankly a Cappella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa and Might as Well…The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead.